Issue no 780 5th June 2015

Top Story

You take the high road, we’ll take the hot-spots– Africa’s data future slings a shot over the bows of today’s business model

At GSM 3G Africa (now AfricaCom) 2006. London-based South African Niall Murphy was talking about how the company he was then CTO for, The Cloud was covering the UK and parts of Europe with Wi-Hot spots and that a small but growing portion of its data use was voice.Except for sales reps and similar professions, most people spend only up to 10% of their time on the road. The new wireless hot spot challengers in the voice space will have difficulty taking the road but may acquire an interesting share of everything but the road. And where would this leave…

Telecoms

Namibia lifts rules for new telecom entrants

The Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) has proposed to lower barriers for new entrants so that they can offer a wider range of communication services without unnecessary duplication of…


Telecoms

Senegal’s Hayo Telecom Runs into Trouble with Orange

Subscribers of Hayo Telecom, the full-service telco in the decentralised region of Matam in Senegal, were blocked from making or receiving calls last week due to a trade dispute with…


Telecoms

AlwaysOn launches Wi-Fi calling in SA

Cape Town - South Africa's mobile industry is set for a shake-up as a local Wi-Fi calling platform launches.Hotspot network AlwaysOn, which is owned by Internet Solutions, is taking direct…


Telecoms

Zim mulls monitoring telecoms traffic

Zimbabwe wants to start monitoring telecommunications traffic in the country and measure revenues generated by companies in the sector.The country is battling a biting economic crunch that has seen the…


Internet

Want to Listen to Nigerian Radio Over the Internet? There Are Apps For That

The players might be an endangered species, but radio medium itself is still alive and well. Video did not kill the radio star, millions of people listen every day. Only…


Internet

Internet society report points to rapid internet growth in Africa

In order to better understand what African nations need to do to reap the full benefits of the Internet, the Internet Society has released the study “Internet Development and Governance…


Internet

Internet – In brief

The Communications Regulators Association of Southern Africa (CRASA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Ericsson, in bid to develop national broadband plans (NBPs). Crasa's executive secretary Antony Chigaazira s…


Computing

MTN sets up ICT Resource Center at Shimoni Teacher’s College via ‘21 Days of Yello Care’

MTN Uganda staff today kick-started their annual 21-day-long staff volunteerism initiative in which employees across MTN’s international footprint take time off to physically get involved in activities that uplift communities…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

30 minutes free airtime for MTN Nigeria subscribers

Subscribers on MTN network can now enjoy 30-minute free airtime if they make 3 three minutes call between 5am to 8am in the morning. This imitative tagged; Good Morning Nigeria,…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Algerians get mobile service in the metro

Across the continent, more companies are seeing the positive effects of adding network coverage in places previously void of such connectivity.Algerians can now ride the metro without fear of losing…


Money Transfer

MasterCard Becomes The First International Payments Network In Somalia After Partnership with Local Bank

The global payments and technology company, MasterCard, has partnered with Somalia’s Premier Bank to issue MasterCard payment cards in Somalia, making MasterCard the first international payments network in the country.With…


Money Transfer

Mobile Money operations ruled as illegal in Uganda

Mobile Money has become an extremely popular service within Africa; However, the service has taken a heavy blow and been declared illegal within the borders of Uganda.According to a report…


Money Transfer

Kenyans to Access Equity Bank’s Thin SIM Tech Soon

Kenyan citizens can soon expect to access Equity Bank’s ultra-thin SIM technology following a high court ruling on Friday, 29 May 2015. Equity is the largest bank in East Africa…


Money Transfer

Tanzania Surpasses Financial Inclusion Target

Tanzania has surpassed its financial inclusion target of 50 per cent, some two years ahead of deadline in 2016, thanks to mobile transaction platform.The Bank of Tanzania (BoT) is now…


Money Transfer

Equity Bank’s Equitel Targets 100 Million African Customers

Equity Bank Ltd., which has started a new mobile payment and banking service called Equitel, is seeking 100 million customers in Africa within 10 years and the first five million…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Botswana’s beMobile invests USD9m in network upgrades

BTC Mobile, the cellular subsidiary of state-owned Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Ltd (BTCL) which trades under the name beMobile, says it invested BWP90 million (USD9 million) in its 2014/15 financial year…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Orange Group CEO says MobiNil could offer stake on EGX or to local partner in 2016

French telecoms giant Orange Group has reportedly revealed that its Egyptian subsidiary MobiNil could offer a stake of between 10% and 15% on the Egyptian Exchange (EGX) in 2016. According…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Govt pushes for formal Orange, CI-Telecom merger

The Ivorian government has reportedly urged fixed line incumbent Cote d’Ivoire Telecom (CI-Telecom) and its sister company Orange Cote d’Ivoire to work towards a formal merger, citing the industry trend…


Digital Content

New General Classifieds platform for fast growing markets: Vendito starts in Africa & Asia

Vendito.com, the new classified ads platform for frontier markets, rolls-out in Africa and Asia with big expansion plans in the pipeline. The company’s mission is to simplify C2C business by…


Digital Content

TaxTim Partners PriceWaterHouseCoopers for Expansion into Namibia

South African-based startup, TaxTim, has revealed its partnership with Price WaterHouse Coopers (PWC), a tax and advisory firm and its plan to launch its services in Namibia, Disrupt Africa reports.TaxTim…


Digital Content

SA Startup offers free guide to the stock market

The latest startup to grace the African continent, stockshop.co.za, is offering a free guide to the stock market, which will allow individuals to learn, trade and invest.Founder and CEO, Annabel…


Digital Content

Smartphone App that Diagnoses Diseases in Livestock in Ethiopia

The output of an independent clinical study in Ethiopia evaluating the effectiveness of VetAfrica shows the strength of the mobile health application designed for farmers and vets in Africa. The…


Digital Content

Yoruba101: The Lagos-Based Yoruba Learning App

Last month, Lagos-based mobile app company Genii Games Limited released an update for their Yoruba language teaching app, Yoruba101. Included in their Asa (“culture” in Yoruba) collection of apps and…


Digital Content

PIVOT East announces 50 semi-finalists for startup pitching competition

East African mobile startups pitching competition PIVOT East has announced the 50 semi-finalists, with the selected companies now set to be further whittled down to pitch at the event on…


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Opportunities

Brightest Young Minds looks for changemakers to fix Africa’s problemsBrightest Young Minds (BYM) has announced its 15th annual summit will take place in Johannesburg on July 16-20, with the organisation…


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Events

Nairobi Innovation Week5 -7 August 2015 University of NairobiThe Nairobi Innovation Week Committee has announced the official commencement of the registration process for the event in August, which will bring…